DBTA’s Big Data Boot Camp to Provide Deep Dive into Big Data Best Practices

The conference agenda as well as the list of speakers is now available for DBTA’s Big Data Boot Camp, a deep dive designed to bring together thought leaders and practitioners who will provide insight on how to collect, manage, and act on big data. The conference will be held May 21-22 at the Hilton New York.  SAP is the diamond sponsor, and Objectivity and MarkLogic are platinum sponsors of the two-day event.

The theme of the conference is best practices in big data, according to Peter J. Auditore, Big Data Boot Camp conference chair, and principal of the boutique consultancy Asterias Research. “People are saying, ‘we have had enough vision about this, we know it is important. Tell us how to do it – how do we implement a big data project at our company and how do we get business value from the smart data that is in big data.’ ”

Big data is expected to significantly increase IT spending in the BI and data warehousing market segments, according to leading market research companies. In addition, many organizations are concerned about how this new “data management paradigm” will impact and/or disrupt their business model.

Prior to the conference, 100 information technology professionals involved in their companies’ data management and data warehousing were surveyed regarding what they felt was most relevant in their big data world, said Auditore. The answers are as follows:

1.     Big data analytics in general, including a comparison of current technologies like data warehousing versus a newer generation of integration and analytic tools.

2.     Data integration, including issues associated with implementing real-time integration and analytics.

3.     Managing and integrating unstructured data.

4.     Understanding and managing social media data.

5.     Education about Hadoop and NoSQL database technologies.

6.     Education about advanced analytical technologies such as In-Memory and predictive analytics with a focus on big data.

7.     Database security and data governance.

8.     Open source database and data integration solutions.

With these issues and concerns in mind, Auditore said, “When we architected the speaker list, we looked at people who are actually on the front lines implementing big data projects and who know how to do it.”  For example, he noted, Scott Zoldi, vice president for Transaction Analytics, FICO, will demonstrate how FICO uses big data. The legal aspects of big data that could present a risk to companies will also be explored. “The legal implications are really important because you are collecting people’s data - archiving it and managing it – and there are a lot of legal implications and governance rules around that.”

In addition to Auditore and Zoldi, conference speakers will  include Stephen E. Arnold, managing director,; James Dawson, manager, Forensic Technology, KPMG; George Everitt, founder, Applied Relevance; Fred Gallagher, general manager, Vectorwise, Actian Corporation; Alex Gorbachev, CTO, Pythian; Robert Hodges, CEO, Continuent, Inc.; Debbie Hutchings, social media lead, BMC Software; Alon Israely, co-founder, Business Intelligence Associates, Inc. (BIA); David Jonker, senior director, Big Data Product Marketing, Technology & Innovation Platform, SAP Labs; John O'Brien, founder and principal, Radiant Advisors; Steve Sarsfield, product marketing manager, Talend; Tony Shan, Global Advisory Consultant; John Tredennick, CEO, Catalyst Repository Systems; and Mouli Venkatesan, CEO, MEICS Inc.

Conference registration includes access to conference sessions; light continental breakfasts and breaks daily; lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday; access to the Big Data Boot Camp Showcase; welcome reception on Tuesday evening; and access to conference presentations online.

To access the agenda, go here. And, to register, go here